How to cherry-pick multiple commits – Dev

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I have two branches. Commit a is the head of one, while the other has b, c, d, e and f on top of a. I want to move c, d, e and f to first branch without commit b. Using cherry pick it is easy: checkout first branch cherry-pick one by one c to f and rebase second branch onto first. But is there any way to cherry-pick all cf in one command?

Here is a visual description of the scenario (thanks JJD):

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The simplest way to do this is with the onto option to rebase. Suppose that the branch which current finishes at a is called mybranch and this is the branch that you want to move cf onto.

# checkout mybranch
git checkout mybranch

# reset it to f (currently includes a)
git reset --hard f

# rebase every commit after b and transplant it onto a
git rebase --onto a b


Git 1.7.2 introduced the ability to cherry pick a range of commits. From the release notes:

git cherry-pick learned to pick a range of commits
(e.g. cherry-pick A..B and cherry-pick --stdin), so did git revert; these do not support the nicer sequencing control rebase [-i] has, though.

To cherry-pick all the commits from commit A to commit B (where A is older than B), run:

git cherry-pick A^..B

If you want to ignore A itself, run:

git cherry-pick A..B

(Credit goes to damian, J. B. Rainsberger and sschaef in the comments)


Or the requested one-liner:

git rebase --onto a b f


If you have selective revisions to merge, say A, C, F, J from A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J commits, simply use below command:

git cherry-pick A C F J